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Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics MSc

This interdisciplinary postgraduate programme introduces the problems, knowledge and practice of Human Computer Interaction and Ergonomics. The programme aims to teach students, through information, demonstration, exploration and application, a scientific human-centred approach to the design and evaluation of a wide range of interactive systems and products, and their contexts of use.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£9,835 (FT)
Overseas:
£23,690 (FT)
Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class degree in computer science, psychology or ergonomics or a minimum of an upper second-class degree in a computer science-, psychology-, or ergonomics-related field (e.g. interface design, business IT, product design). Account will be taken of any relevant practical or work experience.

It is mandatory that all prospective students whose first language is not English must provide proof of good level of English proficiency by sending the scores for one of the tests shown on the UCL website.

Attention must be given to the instructions in writing the personal statement as it includes a critical review of an article.

English language requirement: Good

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

Students develop an understanding of the theoretical relevance, and application of human physical, cognitive, social and affective knowledge, to the design of interactive systems and consideration of user experience. They are able to characterise human-computer interaction and user-centred design styles and apply them to software and hardware for interactive system and product design.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible up to three years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months or flexible up to two years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • User-centred Evaluation Methods
  • Ergonomics for Design
  • Design Experience II
  • Design Experience I
  • Design Practice
  • Interaction Science

Options

  • Physical Computing and Prototyping
  • Interfaces and Interactivity
  • Sociotechnical Systems: IT and the Future of Work
  • Affective Interaction

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent practical project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical work, group work, field studies, laboratory projects, and visits to organisations and research establishments. Case studies and other techniques are presented by guest lecturers. Assessment is through practical work, individual coursework, unseen and written examinations and the dissertation.

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Graduates are employed by consultancies, government agencies, commercial organisations and commercial research laboratories.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Amberlight, User Experience Consultant, 2011,
  • Transport for London, Information Architect, 2011,
  • Orange, Usability Specialist, 2010,
  • eBay, Web Design, 2011,
  • Net-A-Porter, User Experience Manager, 2012,
  • NATS, Human Factors Specialist, 2012,
  • Which?, User Experience Designer, 2012,

Employability

Human-Computer Interaction and Ergonomics MSc is highly regarded by our colleagues in industry. Graduates from our programme have gone on to work as user experience researchers/designers, information architects, usability specialists and researchers. There is a large network of alumni working both locally within London as well as globally beyond. Events are organised throughout the academic year to introduce students to the alumni network so that they can become fully prepared to take the next step on their career path upon graduating.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme is taught through the UCL Interaction Centre, a leading UK Centre of Excellence in human-computer interaction, working collaboratively with industry and the research community and drawing on the best scientific traditions in computer science and the human sciences. UCLIC, and before it the UCL Ergonomics Unit, have provided training in this field for over thirty years.

The programme covers a wide variety of relevant subjects, and students benefit from visits made to organisations and research establishments. We have a large network of alumni working both locally within London as well as globally beyond. We organise events throughout the academic year to introduce our students to our alumni network so that they can become fully prepared to take the next step on their career path upon graduating.

The research project allows students to pursue their own interests in human-computer interaction, often working with companies on real-world problems.

Student / staff ratios › 145 staff › 661 taught students › 457 research students

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Degree reviews

Student review

"I have always wanted to study abroad and UCL has an interntionally recognized course in HCI. I visited UCL shortly after applying and was impressed by the quality of lecturers, research, student work and industry connections. It's central location in London was also a deciding factor."

Elli Pangopoulos

Subject: Human Computer Interaction and Ergonomics MSc
Student review

"I applied to UCL because it's a first-rate university with world-leading research. UCL Interaction Centre is well-known worldwide, had great industry connections, and its prime location in London allows for further industry and networking opportunities."

Kia Zhang

Subject: Human Computer Interaction with Ergonomics MSc
Student review

"The sheer intensity and pace of the studies at UCL. Whilst demanding, it ensures a certain breadth and depth to the material covered, which is where the true value lies."

Dominic Hey

Subject: Human Computer Interaction with Ergonomics MSc

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with appropriate backgrounds in psychology, computer science or a related discipline who wish to develop the transferable skills and independent learning ability to equip them for future positions in industrial, academic or consultancy environments in the field of human-computer interaction.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Human-Computer Interaction at graduate level
  • why you want to study Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver. Please make sure you have read the instructions for writing the personal statement as we expect you to address specific topics.

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